In today’s home we want to live “smart” as much as possible. We have seen the rise of smart technology when it comes to our phones, tablets, and vehicles, why not our homes? Many new homes are built “smart” but you don’t have to buy a new home to experience the latest technology.
A smart home is a home that has been designed to enhance your security, efficiency, and living experience. This is done through automation controlled by your desktop, automated switching, or personal device. Things like lighting, heating, window coverings, and even appliances. Imagine the ability to safely preheat your oven from the road. Manufacturers such as monogram incorporate the ability to control your appliances through bluetooth. Later you can sink into a bubble bath enjoying the calming tunes of your Kohler Vibracoustic bathtub. You can even pre-set your Mr. Steam shower to the perfect temperature for up to two people in your family. U by Moen offers a customizeable shower technology and personal device integration allowing you to control shower time and temperature.
Lutron’s Caseta Wireless app, allows you to create mood and scene settings from your personal device. It can be something as simple as customized lighting in the walk ways, merged lighting with your security system for added safety, “movie” mode which sets your lights, curtains, and audio settings at once, or simple touch pad by your bed to turn off all your lights without having to get up and fumble through the dark. Save and schedule your preferences settings and have your room ready before you arrive. Lutron’s products work with Amazon Echo and Google Home.
The ability to control your lighting, heating, air conditioning, and window coverings gives you peace of mind when you thought you forgot to turn something off, it also helps make your home more energy efficient. One example would be, a smart refrigerator identifying and alerting you to malfunctions through the bluetooth and wifi before you even notice.
Regardless if you incorporate smart technology with your lights, audio, shower, steam or even new appliances, it will make your life better and add value to your home. Much of this technology is on display in our showroom here at Anew Kitchen and Bath Design Experience.